2001 Nissan Frontier XE 2.4 litre inline 4 from North America
By far the best compact 4x2
Absolutely nothing has gone wrong with this truck, granted it has only been 25,000 miles. I am not exactly easy on vehicles, and this truck has shown no signs of wear at all with a hard truck workout of 25,000 miles.
This truck never ceases to amaze me: I have taken it through mud off-road that my father's full size GMC would not go through, I have towed things far in excess of its towing capacity without problems (ie towing a Dodge Caravan), and I constantly load it down traveling back and forth from college without trouble. This truck has more than exceeded my expectations.
The 2.4 is torquey, but not real powerful. It'll outdo any other small truck with a 4 cylinder (I know, I drove them all), but you aren't going to win a race against a Camaro or something.
Everything about the truck is right on the money. My only real complaint is that it has a bit of a crosswind issue when traveling 65mph+ on the highway. By the way, this truck is amazing on the highway, it cruises at about 3,000rpms with an auto at 85mph, while 100mph doesn't require that many more revs.
Nice truck, can't go wrong. Tough and practical, this truck gets the job done while achieving 26mpg on average.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 20th October, 2003
26th Sep 2004, 19:45
I bought this 2001 4x2 Frontier in 2002. I use it for doing work around the house and taking trash to the landfill. I like to get it in the mud and spin it around when leaving the landfill. My point is that I don't baby the truck.
The only problems I have had is a cracked windshield (my tailgating), a blown speaker (covered under warranty), and the check engine light popping on periodically. The first time it popped on the dealership reset it. The second time it popped on it went away after some regular driving.
I think the problem was because the truck sits for at least a week at a time between use. (I have a beater Honda Civic for work).
Although the resale value stinks, if you can get one cheap I would say it's a great deal! Overall it has been a great reliable pick-up truck. It is very solid truck inside and out.
2nd Jan 2006, 18:21
The check engine could be because of a malfunctioning O2 sensor.